Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Secretary Day, Administrator Day, Boss Day–it’s great to honor people who are in our life. Maybe you’re the boss or secretary who feels unappreciated. Everybody wants to be appreciated – yes, it’s okay to admit to that. Our spouse and children sometimes bear the brunt if we’ve had a bad day – not so good to admit but true nonetheless. On special occasions, we buy flowers and chocolates for our loved ones, or we take them out to eat at a nice restaurant. If they’re no longer living, we remember the good times we had with them.
A few years ago, because we all have people who sometimes took on the role of a parent in our lives, Cooki and I decided to create a day to honor those who have raised someone else’s children, we decided that the last Sunday of each April will be Happy I Love You Day, this year being April 27th. Since then, each child has made a card for a loved one in their life i.e. grandparent, foster-parent, older sibling, or whoever and they all loved it the activity!
So what can you do to wish someone Happy I Love You Day? If you were fortunate to have a loving parent in your life, a loving spouse, and/or wonderful children, celebrate this day to love them with your words and actions. If you are one of those people who didn’t have a loving parent in your life, think about who helped you when you needed it the most, the person who helped you believe in yourself when you didn’t believe in yourself. Who was there in your life when no one else was? Who was with you through thick and thin, loving you unconditionally? Honor that person with a card, a telephone call, or flowers. Chocolate is always a winner!
Many children are living with a grandparent, or a father (Mr. Mom); some are in foster care, or they have been adopted. Some are living with an older sibling, or other relative, but most have someone who loves and cares for them.
Here is to all the people who are raising children they did not give birth to!